Planet Money
11:19 am
Thu May 31, 2012

The Rapper Vs. The Billionaire

via Gizmodo

Drake tweets. T. Boone Pickens replies.

The Two-Way
11:08 am
Thu May 31, 2012

What Tweets Do Politicians Delete? 'Politwoops' Can Tell You


Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:01 pm

Most of what they're catching isn't all that exciting, but the folks at the Sunlight Foundation have launched something that has the potential to expose elected officials and politicians as they try to hide embarrassing things that get on to their Twitter feeds.

Politwoops, Sunlight says, is "the only comprehensive collection of deleted tweets by U.S. politicians. From minor typos to major gaffes, Politwoops is now there to offer a searchable window into what they hoped you didn't see."

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:04 am
Thu May 31, 2012

This Week's Survey: Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love


When we began our search for the albums everyone can love a couple of weeks ago, we neglected to include the "haven't heard" option in our first survey (hey, this music stuff is hard!). So here it is again for all of you who were forced to vote "no" on The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill or Kind Of Blue, when you actually hadn't heard them.

Previous Surveys

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Patrick Watson: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:31 pm

Patrick Watson has a lovely, flexible voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything from vintage keyboards to bicycle chains, but his real gift lies in his ability to maximize beauty at all times; to guide every noise in such a way that it coheres into something dramatic and graceful. When the Polaris Prize winner performs, he seems almost hypnotized by the sounds around him, yet every second and every unlikely component seems plotted to maximize its impact.

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Middle East
10:37 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Preaching Nonviolence, Syrian Activist Heads Home

Sheik Jawdat Said, 81, has been urging nonviolent protest in Syria for decades, and has been arrested many times. A scholar and an activist, shown here speaking at American University in Washington in March, he is heading back to Syria this week and plans to resume his call for peaceful opposition to the government.
Jeff Watts American University

Syria's foremost proponent of nonviolent protest says he's returning to Damascus this week and will keep delivering his long-standing message despite the country's worsening bloodshed.

Sheik Jawdat Said is an 81-year-old Islamic scholar whose books and teachings helped inspire young Syrian activists to challenge the regime in peaceful protests last year.

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10:34 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Weekly Standard: Obama's Syria Policy? Ask Putin

Actors wearing masks of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin perform with body bags during a demonstration outside United Nations headquarters on January 24, 2011 in New York City. Protesters called on the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution to attempt to halt Assad's crackdown on the Syrian uprising.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Lee Smith is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

'We Could See This Coming,' Brother Says Of Man ID'd In Seattle Killings

This frame grab from a security camera, released by the Seattle Police Department, shows a man identified by his brother as Ian Stawicki after Wednesday's shooting at Cafe Racer.
Seattle Police Department AFP/Getty Images

The man who reportedly shot and killed five people Wednesday in Seattle, before taking his own life, changed about five years ago into a mentally ill individual who was "really angry toward everything," his brother tells The Seattle Times.

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10:17 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Foreign Policy: It's Time To Talk To Iran About Syria

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and Elysee's diplomatic adviser for U.S. Damien Loras (2ndR) take part in a video conference with President Barack Obama (on screen) focused on Syria, Iran and Afghanistan situations, at the Elysee palace on April 12, 2012 in Paris.
Eric Feferberg AFP/GettyImages

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 10:34 am

Rand Slim is an adjunct research fellow at the New America Foundation and a scholar at the Middle East Institute.

The massacre in Houla, where Syrian military forces and allied militiamen massacred more than 100 civilians in cold blood, leaves no doubt about the intentions of President Bashar Assad's regime: survival at any cost and through any means. Assad does not have a Plan B.

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10:08 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Back To The Future: Six Songs That Travel In Time

Alex Anwandter's "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo" pays homage to the film Paris Is Burning.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:23 pm

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9:01 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Weekly Standard: Obama's Phantom Tax Breaks

President Barack Obama waves after speaking at the TPI Composites, a wind blade manufacturer, in Newton, Iowa, on May 24, 2012.
Jewel Samad AFP/GettyImages

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 11:40 am

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

In his State of the Union speech in 2011, President Obama referred to "small business" five times and alluded to it seven more. Progress in America is measured, he said, "by the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise." In this year's address, the mentions were down to three.

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